Littleleaf Linden Tree

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Scientific Name:
Tilia cordata
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Littleleaf Linden Tree – A Prolific Bloomer with Fragrant Flowers

Why Littleleaf Linden Tree?

Native to Europe to Western Siberia and Iran, Tilia Cordata, also known as littleleaf, littleleaf linden, or pry tree, is a large deciduous tree with a pyramidal shape while young but becomes pyramidal-rounded as it matures. Bees and hummingbirds are drawn to the blossoms of the littleleaf linden, and the tree's soft, pliable wood often serves as suitable nesting material for cavity-dwelling birds.

The tree produces slightly yellow clusters of flowers, each suspended on a long stalk linked to a leaf-like wing. The blooms exude a scent that is both apparent and pleasurable to the senses.

The littleleaf linden can flourish on clay, sandy, rich, moist, well-drained, acidic, and alkaline soils. Although it thrives best in damp environments, this plant cannot tolerate standing water.

Fruit is a kind of drupe that resembles a nut. It is spherical in shape and often has a tiny fuzz on the surface, while flowers have a pleasant aroma and are very appealing to various pollinators.


It is generally recommended to wait to fertilize a bare root plant until it has been established in the ground and is actively growing. This can vary depending on the type of plant and the growing conditions, but it is generally best to wait at least a few weeks to a few months after planting.

During the first year, you should focus on providing the plant with the right amount of water, sunlight and soil to help it become established. Once the plant has become established and is actively growing, you can begin to fertilize it.

You can use a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer or one that is specifically formulated for the type of plant you have. Be sure to follow the instructions on the fertilizer package and apply it at the recommended rate.

It is also important to note that over-fertilizing can be harmful to plants, so it's always best to error on the side of caution and start with a lower amount of fertilizer and increase as needed.

Key Specifications

The following are some of the key specifications of Tilia Cordata or Littleleaf Linden:

  • Size: Small to medium sized tree, typically reaching heights of 40-50 feet
  • Foliage: Dark green, glossy leaves that are heart-shaped
  • Flowers and fruit: Inconspicuous flowers in the spring, followed by small, drooping nutlets in the fall
  • Growth habit: Upright and pyramidal when young, becoming more rounded and spreading with age
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: Adaptable to a wide range of soils, but prefers moist, well-drained soil
  • Hardiness: Cold hardy in USDA zones 4-8
  • pH level: Tolerant of a wide range of pH levels
  • Pruning: Minimal pruning is necessary, but can be done to shape or control the size of the tree
  • Pest and diseases: Generally disease and pest-free, but can be susceptible to scale insects and cankers


Tilia cordata, also known as the little-leaf linden or small-leaved lime, is a species of Tilia that is native to Europe. The cymes contain both male and female flowers, requiring only cross pollination from the many busy insects visiting them. In fact, lindens are sometimes referred to as bee trees, for bees swarm to the flowers' abundance of both nectar and pollen.

The flowers of Tilia cordata are small and inconspicuous, and they are produced in clusters in the spring. They are not showy and do not have petals, but they are very fragrant and are pollinated by a variety of insects, including bees, butterflies, and moths. The pollination process is essential for the production of the small, drooping nutlets that appear in the fall.

The nutlets are about 1-2cm long, and are brown or dark colored. They mature in the fall and remain on the tree through winter.

It's important to note that for the nutlets to develop, you will need at least one male tree in the area for pollination, as Tilia cordata is a dioecious tree.

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  • 5
    Little leaf maple

    Posted by Leslie Celeste on 01/01/20

    Packaging excellent, plant material excellent, 3 Free dogwoods was a bonus, noticed the excellent care in packaging including ice!!

  • 5
    Linden Trees Look Good

    Posted by Kyleen on 12/27/19

    I received the bare root trees a couple of days ago in the mail. They are in great shape. I planted them this morning. I am optimistic they will do very well here.

  • 5
    Little leaf Linden

    Posted by Andrea Lewis on 12/20/19

    Both trees arrived in excellent shape with buds. Packing and planting instructions were also great!!

  • 5
    Linden Tree

    Posted by Brian McCraney on 12/19/19

    Trees arrived well packed, ready to go in the ground. Buds were present on arrival and became leaves shortly after being planted. Will order more trees due to the success I’ve had with my first order.

  • 5
    Lindin trse

    Posted by Gloria Zager on 05/31/19

    Arrived in good shape. Planted the next day. Hopefully all goes well. Thank you

  • 5

    Posted by Dainius Kopustas on 05/29/19

    healthy plant.

  • 5
    Linden trees are healthy!

    Posted by Ronda Gregg on 05/09/19

    I am so excited to have gotten healthy, green linden trees. I can't wait to watch them grow and smell the delightful lemony scent when the leaves come out.

  • 3
    Looking forward to linden tea

    Posted by Unknown on 04/07/19

    The bare root arrived in a timely manner. The tree seemed somewhat small to me, 1.5ft long with two 8 inch roots. Looked healthy, so I'm looking forward to watching it grow

  • 5
    Littleleaf Linden

    Posted by Sal on 03/29/19

    These seedlings came in good condition! They were around 1/4 inch wide and around 16 inches tall. They didn’t have any branching, but the buds were ready to pop all over the trees